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Apr 14, 2014

Searchers consider undersea robot in hunt for MH370

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Reuters) – Australian
officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines
plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when
to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its
sixth fruitless week.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking
off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227
passengers and 12 crew on board, triggering a multinational
search that is now focused on the Indian Ocean.

Apr 13, 2014

Officials consider underwater robot launch for Malaysia jet

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Australian officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its sixth fruitless week.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, triggering a multinational search that is now focused on the Indian Ocean.

Apr 1, 2014

Malaysia changes last words from missing plane, hunt goes on

KUALA LUMPUR/PERTH (Reuters) – The last words from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian airliner were a standard “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”, Malaysian authorities said, changing their account of the critical last communication from a more casual “All right, good night.”

The correction almost four weeks after Flight MH370 vanished was made as Malaysian authorities face heavy criticism, particularly from China, for mismanaging the search and holding back information.

Mar 28, 2014

Malaysia’s thriving China ties tested by missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – A torrent of criticism from China’s government and people over Malaysia’s handling of the search for a missing jetliner is threatening to cast a chill over one of Beijing’s closer relationships in a region fraught with geopolitical rivalries.

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared three weeks ago, the Southeast Asian country has faced verbal attacks from China’s government, media and passengers’ families angry at its perceived muddled response and poor communications.

Mar 24, 2014

Malaysia says missing plane crashed in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared over two weeks ago crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday.

New satellite analysis from Britain had shown that Flight MH370, with 239 people on board, was last seen in the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, he said in a statement.

Mar 18, 2014

Scrutiny of Malaysia pilots reveals picture of normality

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – One is a technical wizard whose affable manner made him a favorite of trainee pilots; the other an enthusiastic young aviator planning to marry his sweetheart.

The captain and co-pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 are now at the center of a baffling paradox: as circumstantial evidence mounts that at least one of them may have been involved in the plane’s disappearance on March 8, accounts of their lives portray them as sociable, well-balanced and happy.

Mar 13, 2014
Mar 13, 2014

Malaysia failing credibility test as flight confusion deepens

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – One of the world’s most perplexing aviation mysteries is casting a harsh spotlight on Malaysia’s government, as a leadership unused to heavy scrutiny comes under intense international criticism for a litany of confusing messages and a perceived lack of transparency.

Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens, a huge international search operation has failed to turn up a trace of the Boeing jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

Mar 12, 2014

Malaysia air force chief denies saying lost plane tracked to west

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s air force chief has denied saying military radar tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, adding to the mystery surrounding the fate of flight MH370, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people aboard.

A massive air and sea search now in its fifth day has failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777, and the last 24 hours have seen conflicting statements and reports over what may have happened after it lost contact with air traffic controllers.

Mar 8, 2014

Malaysia Airlines plane missing, presumed crashed in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR/HANOI, March 8 (Reuters) – A Malaysia Airlines
flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went
missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, presumed crashed,
as ships and planes from countries closest to its flight path
scoured a large search area for any wreckage.

Vietnamese state media, quoting a senior naval official, had
reported that the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to
Beijing had crashed off south Vietnam. Malaysia’s transport
minister later denied any crash scene had been identified.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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